The church has seemed to become more concerned about its own belly button than for its mission to God's world.
Why was I so grief-stricken? I had lost communion. I had lost communion in the name of God.
Abuse. Devastates. People. Not just the abuse that involves hitting. But abuse of all forms - emotional and spiritual.
When the pastor is feeding on the sheep, it can be difficult for a church member to separate their faith in Christ from their faith in the leader.
Generally, positive stories about how the church responds to abuse are far and few between. But, Janice's is different.
Many Christians are suspicious of systems theory because they think in a “western individualistic” way. However, the Bible was written largely to a much less individualistic culture and speaks much holistically to both individual and group think.
It is bad enough when men (and women) do not believe our story of abuse in the home or workplace. But, when you feel that God is not even answering your cries for help. That is isolation.
Abusers actually have a great deal of self-control. They know when to dismember and when to charm.
It is not uncommon to hear people speak of the good that has come from a leader even though he or she is toxic. Let's not draw those lines.
Pride and jealousy. It is extraordinary what these sins can do to a leader.